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Thread #99766   Message #1992290
Posted By: Den
10-Mar-07 - 01:27 AM
Thread Name: Obit: songwriter/playwright Sam Starrett
Subject: Obit: songwriter/playwright Sam Starrett
I'm actually late reporting this. Sam died on Thursday. He was from Drumahoe and had become one of Northern Ireland's most widely admired playwrights, he died of cancer Thursday morning.

He had been working on a production based on the Battle of Messines in conjunction with friend Glen Barr, founder of the International School for Peace Studies in Belgium.

He also helped write the globally successful song John Condon - based on the youngest soldier killed in the First World War - with his partner, all-Ireland champion fiddler Tracey McRory, and Richard Laird. Here are the words to te song John Condon.

Just a day another day
Beneath the Belgian Sun
Past grave on grave
Row upon row
Until I see the name John Condon
Carved in stone
With harp and crown
Little crosses in the ground
And standing there
My silent prayer
Is for a boy who died a soldier

Wee lad who'll not grow old
Heroes that don't come home
Here they lie in Belgian fields
And Picardee

Just a recruit
In soldier's boots
From Ireland's shores to here
This living hell
This Poelcapelle
Where young men fell like you John Condon
And all around the harp and crown
The crosses in the ground
Stand up in proof
The bitter truth
The waste of youth that lies forgotten

Wee lad who'll not grow old
Heroes who won't come home
Here they lie in Belgian fields
And Picardee

Now tell me John
Fore I go on
What did you come here for
With Ireland's bold
Your life untold
Fourteen years old
To die a soldier

And all around the harp and crown
The crosses in the ground

What cause was served
So undeserved
Heros that don't come home
Sing out for all their souls
Here they lie in Belgian fields and Picardee